Egg Allergy and Vaccines
Some vaccines contain egg protein. This can lead people with egg allergies to wonder: Is it safe to get vaccinated?
The MMR vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella) can be safely given to all patients with egg allergy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The MMR vaccine has not had any egg protein in it for the last 30 years. These recommendations are based, in part, on scientific evidence that supports giving routine single doses of the MMR vaccine to patients with an egg allergy. This includes people with a history of severe reactions to egg, such as anaphylaxis.
Influenza (flu) vaccines may contain a very small amount of egg protein. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and AAP, scientific studies show that the flu vaccine can be safely given to people with egg allergy. You can receive the vaccine in a primary care provider's office or an allergist's office.
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